Solar co-ops select installer

Members pick Lafayette-based Huston Solar for project


Members of the Tippecanoe and Montgomery Counties Solar and EV Charger Co-op have selected local company Huston Solar to perform installations for co-op members.

“We’re excited to work with Huston Solar,” said Solar United Neighbors Indiana Program Associate Dan Robinson. “They have a great track record of work in both Tippecanoe and Montgomery Counties, and they offer a great package of options and pricing for our co-op members.”

Solar United Neighbors launched the local co-op in May 2023; it currently has 26 members signed up with a goal of 50.

SUN has completed 17 solar co-ops across Indiana. The group estimates 256 homes and businesses across the state now have solar panels because of the co-ops, representing 2 MW of solar power, $6.1 million invested in the regional economy, and more than 109 million lbs. of lifetime carbon offsets.

After signing up, local co-op members work together to review bids to perform solar installations and select the company they believe will best fit the co-ops needs.

“After considerable discussion, the selection committee found Huston Electric’s bid to be most attractive,” said selection committee member Dan Walker. “With competitive pricing, strong history in the area, union labor, and made-in-USA hardware options, we felt they could provide our members with the best overall value.”

Company officials said, “Huston Solar, a division of Huston Electric that has proudly served Central Indiana for over 80 years, is excited to take part in the solar Co-Op for Tippecanoe and Montgomery County.  This Co-Op will provide affordable solar solutions to a group of innovative people looking to go green in 2023.  This opportunity will provide members of this community a solution to rising electric bills, clean renewable energy, and the freedom and independence that solar can provide.”

SUN will host several free information sessions to educate community members about solar energy and the co-op.

Sessions are:

• Tippecanoe and Montgomery Counties Solar 101: 6 p.m. July 19 at Wea Prairie Branch Library, 4200 S 18th St., Lafayette.

• Indiana Solar 101: July Session at 6:30 p.m. July 26 by Zoom Webinar.

• Indiana Solar 101: August Session at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 by Zoom Webinar.

Individuals interested in going solar can sign up for the co-op or one of the upcoming information sessions at the co-op web page